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andyjsimmons
August 22nd, 2004, 11:16
Having some issue with my 93 xj--need a reliable and competant mechanic--please give me some advice, thanks.

ECKSJAY
August 22nd, 2004, 12:17
Having some issue with my 93 xj--need a reliable and competant mechanic--please give me some advice, thanks.

Do you prefer a shop or to do it yourself and save some $$? Some of us here know a bit about these Jeeps and could probably help you out. :)

John90XJ
August 22nd, 2004, 16:41
The only guy I trust is John Mathews at Auburn Car Repair. He does a lot of work on Jeeps and is on his 2nd XJ himself. He's the only one that works on my rig. Give him a ring at 253.939.5019.

railroadjeep
August 22nd, 2004, 19:26
The only guy I trust is John Mathews at Auburn Car Repair. He does a lot of work on Jeeps and is on his 2nd XJ himself. He's the only one that works on my rig. Give him a ring at 253.939.5019.


I'd say the same here if he was only a little closer, so I just settle for screwing the XJ up myself. :laugh3:

Seriously though, John's a good guy, he knows XJ's pretty darn well. In the event I ever have a bad problem with my Jeep, it will be going to John's too.

shimmy
August 22nd, 2004, 19:48
yeah i third that for John!

cherokeekid
August 22nd, 2004, 21:53
Seriously though, John's a good guy, he knows XJ's pretty darn well. In the event I ever have a bad problem with my Jeep, it will be going to John's too.


and you used to have a mullet!! :shocked:

andyjsimmons
August 23rd, 2004, 05:38
I've always done it myself, but at this point I think I need someone with a bit more experience. I can't solve this problem. Very frustrating.

John90XJ
August 23rd, 2004, 07:11
I've always done it myself, but at this point I think I need someone with a bit more experience. I can't solve this problem. Very frustrating.

What is the problem?

andyjsimmons
August 23rd, 2004, 07:39
The problem is this: Car starts fine, no problems there. But once up and running, I essentially have to drive with one foot on the gas, one on the brake. If I take my foot off the gas, it (most often) shudders, sputters, and dies. Then, it will not restart at all. I turn the key, I can hear the fuel pump, all electronic work, buzzers, et al., but that's it. There is no cranking, nothing. Turning the key all the way produces nothing. Once I disconnect the battery for 30 seconds, then it's back to normal. There are no fault codes. It did show a faulty temp sensor, replaced that, but still the no start after a stall out. If I myself turn the car off, she fires up no problem. If the engine turns itself off, then there's a problem. What's the likely culprit, and why isn't it showing up on a diagnostic?

John90XJ
August 23rd, 2004, 09:22
Could be several things (IAC, CPS, TPS are the common culprits) and you're right, you should have it diagnosed professionally. I've found it's a lot cheaper in the long run.

andyjsimmons
September 2nd, 2004, 12:37
John-
It was good to meet you at Auburn Car Repair. For all who are interested, it turned out to be two seperate issues. The stalling out is most likely the distributor (although we're not 100% on that one); the not starting issue is caused by a bad NSS. Sadly, that's $300 installed. Ah, the joys of car ownership!

hards91xj
September 2nd, 2004, 20:56
Now did john get you all set?
Are you ready to wheel it ,the Naches ,Funny & Moon rock areas on sat 9/4,we`re meeting Enumclaw Safeway 8am.

John90XJ
September 3rd, 2004, 06:59
John-
It was good to meet you at Auburn Car Repair. For all who are interested, it turned out to be two seperate issues. The stalling out is most likely the distributor (although we're not 100% on that one); the not starting issue is caused by a bad NSS. Sadly, that's $300 installed. Ah, the joys of car ownership!

No problem...just glad you hooked up with the other John. He knows Jeeps inside and out.

Now it's time to let that rig stretch its legs on some trails.

andyjsimmons
September 10th, 2004, 11:35
Just for everyone's edification:
After the NSS was replaced and the stalling issue continued--trouble codes finally showed up. Faulty TPS. Took the throttle body off, removed the TPS which had for some reason been cemented in with lok-tite. Doused the entire thing in TB cleaner, put the new TPS on, put the TB back on. Now she runs like new. Additionally, the knocking problem that usually came on mild grades at around 45 mph is gone. Onward and upward!

Avanteone
September 10th, 2004, 21:17
Glad you got it handled Andy. When a rig comes in like that with two separate problems, especially both being intermittent, it can be difficult to diagnose. We had to start with the one we could duplicate :) The sound you were hearing up hill under load was probaby pinging (detonation), the TPS has lots of authority as far as fuel control, timing, etc. and would definitely cause that kind of problem. I'm just glad you got it handled.

John

andyjsimmons
September 13th, 2004, 11:17
I was really happy to find you, John! Thanks for all the work on the Jeep. All I need now is a new front seat....

ECKSJAY
September 13th, 2004, 12:56
I was really happy to find you, John! Thanks for all the work on the Jeep. All I need now is a new front seat....

Stock or aftermarket replacement? PM me. :D

andyjsimmons
October 1st, 2004, 10:45
either or, it doesn't really matter to me other than price.

Markos
October 15th, 2009, 09:29
Another bump for Auburn Car Repair & Offroad.

I had my XJ towed down there on Sunday for a new headgasket, freeze plugs, radiator and a number of other parts that would be easier to install while the head was off. John installed the parts in a snap, and identified a number of other issues like a cracked exhaust manifold and leaking oil filter seals. John met me back at the shop at 9PM to pickup the jeep, walk through the itemized bill and review the repairs. Thanks!